Monday, February 26, 2018

New Beginnings

About two months have passed since I purchased the Kraken and our journey together began.  After bringing him home I discovered some that perhaps the Kraken was possibly possessed or he had electrical problems.

We went to my mechanic and I introduced them to one another.  My mechanic was perplexed as to why I would buy an older van, you see, the Kraken was born in March 2, 1995.  (He has a birthday coming up.)

After a weeks stay with my mechanic he called me with bad news.  Mice had been living in the Kraken and had chewed on some wiring.  There was nothing they could do as they were not an automotive electrical shop.

I searched and searched and found many electrical automotive shops who only changed batteries and alternators, until finally I found a shop on Facebook no less.  They had great reviews and seemed to know what they're doing and so I called up and made an appointment.

Long story short, they discovered the Kraken needed a new brain and had two bad batteries.  A brain was ultimately located and the Kraken, like Frankenstein before him, had a brain transplant.  I brought him home bought him new batteries and his possession seems to have been exorcised.

Now on to the interior...

Saturday, February 17, 2018

How Happy Are You?

I've been watching lots of #VanLife videos on YouTube of late and for the most part there are a couple common themes running through them: the absolute happiness of the people participating in #VanLife and the sense of freedom they feel in doing so.

While I'm sure there are those out there who have found such a lifestyle not to their liking, I am not one of them.  Having lived in a 24 foot Class C RV for a couple of years many years ago, I can say it was one of the happiest two years of my life to be sure.

I can see my own experience mirrored back to me in this short video and it takes me back and makes me smile.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Kraken Rises

"Let Loose the Kraken!" is a catchy memorable command shouted by Zeus in the 1981 fantasy film called The Clash of the Titans and hearkens back to the time of Homer's Odyssey and the travails of Odysseus.

It conjures up images of grey tentacled beasts from the depths of the dark ocean, angry Greek gods, rum swilling pirates, majestic seafaring ships, and lots of high adventure.

Such is the theme of this blog: high adventure!

I am embarking upon a new great adventure, that of living and traveling in a beautiful grey 1995 Ford Econoline Club Wagon Chateau affectionately named "The Kraken" and in the belly of the beast I will travel in search of my own white whale - that next great elusive craft show.

I'm a glassblower by trade and for years I've had a stationary gallery of one sort or another but prior to that I traveled the states blowing glass and having fun, living in a 24ft motorhome.

It is to that latter lifestyle I hope to return and as such, I purchased "The Kraken" in which to haul my tools and wares and make my home while on the road.  And while The Kraken is not a 24ft. motorhome he will introduce me to #VanLife, a new way of living.

Let loose the Kraken!

Stay tuned!